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  • Evading in-flight lightning strikes
    on March 9, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    A new study shows that electrically charging airplanes may reduce their risk of being struck by lightning. […]

  • Robotic spiders and bees: The rise of bioinspired microrobots
    on March 1, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Jumping robot spiders and swarms of robotic bees sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers are already working on such projects. […]

  • Drones more damaging than bird strikes to planes, study finds
    on December 6, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    A new study focused on unmanned aerial systems is helping quantify the dangers associated with drones sharing airspace with planes. […]

  • Research aims to help renewable jet fuel take flight
    on October 30, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    The International Air Transport Association predicts that 7.2 billion passengers will fly in 2035, nearly doubling the 3.8 billion in 2016. So how do we make flying easier on the environment? Instead of petroleum, researchers have now developed new processes to ramp up production of bio-based fuel made from corncobs and wood chips. […]

  • Flights worldwide face increased risk of severe turbulence due to climate change
    on October 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness. […]

  • Airline industry could fly thousands of miles on biofuel from a new promising feedstock
    on September 11, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis estimates that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours on bio-jet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered sugarcane. […]

  • Do video game players make the best unmanned pilots?
    on August 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    New research highlights the usefulness of video game players as unmanned aircraft operators. […]

  • Surging heat may limit aircraft takeoffs globally
    on July 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Rising temperatures due to global warming will make it harder for many aircraft around the world to take off in coming decades, says a new study. During the hottest parts of the day, 10 to 30 percent of fully loaded planes may have to remove some fuel, cargo or passengers, or else wait for cooler hours to fly, the study concludes. […]

  • Long term exposure to aircraft noise linked to high blood pressure
    on June 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Long term exposure to aircraft noise, particularly during the night, is linked to an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and possibly heart flutter and stroke as well, suggests research. […]

  • Autonomous 'soaring with solar' concept
    on May 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Scientists are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which enables long endurance flights of unmanned sailplanes that use the power of the Sun. […]

  • In-flight, on-demand hydrogen production could mean 'greener' aircraft
    on April 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Technion researchers have a developed safe and efficient way to produce hydrogen on board a plane in flight. Using aluminum particles and (fresh or waste), the technology could one day help meet in-flight energy needs on commercial aircraft. […]

  • Drones collect measurements from a volcanic plume at Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala
    on April 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    A team of volcanologists and engineers have collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks. […]

  • Computer linguists are developing an intelligent system aid for air traffic controllers
    on March 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Human lives depend on their decisions, and psychological stress levels are high. An average radio contact takes 3.5 to 11.3 seconds, during which the air traffic controller checks in with the pilot, examines the radar screens and gives out new instructions. The current technical support systems typically lack the ability to understand and process these brief radio exchanges. […]

  • Designing the fuel-efficient aircraft of the future
    on March 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Researchers are using the Stampede supercomputer to design novel, fuel-efficient, wing designs for jets, and to develop tools that can help the industry build more efficient aircraft. The researchers are exploring wings with longer spans, made of complex composites and that morph during flight. […]

  • How to decrease the mass of aircrafts
    on February 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Scientists have created unique polymer matrices for polymer composites based on novel phthalonitrile monomers. The developed materials possess higher strength than metals, which helps to sufficiently decrease the mass of aircraft parts that operate at high temperatures. […]

  • Realistic training for extreme flight conditions
    on December 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Missions at sea, in mountainous regions or close to skyscrapers are extremely risky for helicopter pilots. The turbulent air flows near oil rigs, ships, cliffs and tall buildings can throw a helicopter off balance and cause a crash. To provide pilots with optimal preparation for these challenging conditions, engineers are developing new simulation software. […]

  • New crew-scheduling approach could cut air travel delays, save airlines millions
    on December 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    A study based on massive amounts of data offers a new way to forecast flight late arrivals and departures and to schedule crews based on expected needs during holiday and other seasonal travel. The new approach could help to cut delays that both frustrate passengers and cost the airlines large sums. […]

  • Electrifying news: Nano-modified aerospace composites
    on December 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    New composite technology will see enhanced electrical and thermal conductivity of conventional composite materials that has previously been lacking, say scientists. Novel functionality including sensors, energy harvesting lighting and communication antennae will now be integrated into the structure of the composite material. The new technology will have wide-reaching benefits in the aerospace industry, they say. […]

  • 3D print operational drone with embedded electronics using aerospace-grade material
    on November 30, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    The first fully functional quadcopter 3D printed in ULTEMTM 9085 aerospace-grade material with electronics embedded was created in a single production step, report researchers. […]

  • Ready for takeoff: Blues skies thinking to improve aircraft safety
    on November 29, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Nervous flyers and crew alike would prefer jet airliners not to vibrate so much at take off. Research points to blue skies thinking that might explain the phenomenon and find ways to reduce the safety and image problems associated with this troubling aircraft noise. […]

  • Flying start for world's first graphene-enhanced aircraft
    on November 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Prospero, the first model aircraft to incorporate a graphene skinned wing, was successfully flown at the Farnborough International Air Show in the UK earlier this year. The flight sets an example of how graphene might be used within the aerospace sector. […]

  • Tech issues cause most drone accidents, study finds
    on August 23, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Researchers have found that communications links and other technical problems were the cause of most reported drone accidents. This has led to a call for increased airworthiness regulations for drone safety and better reporting of accidents. Their world-first analysis covered more than 150 incidents across the world over a 10-year period. […]

  • Safer air travel: Existing navigation data can help pilots avoid turbulence
    on August 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Detecting turbulence remains the Achilles' heel of modern-day aviation. The reports submitted by pilots, subjective and often very inaccurate, are the least expensive and the most frequently used method for trying to predict where it will occur. Scientists have now demonstrated that turbulence can be detected in a much faster and more precise way, using data already routinely broadcast by the aircraft operated by commercial airlines. […]

  • Carbon nanotube 'stitches' make stronger, lighter composites
    on August 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Aerospace engineers have designed carbon nanotube 'stitches' that strongly bind composites, which could produce lighter, more damage-resistant airplanes. […]

  • Aerospace engineering graduate first to flight test UAV with mass-actuated controls
    on August 3, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    A recently graduated university student is the first person to successfully flight test an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses moving weights in its wings instead of traditional control surfaces or ailerons to turn. […]

  • Lattice structure absorbs vibrations
    on July 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Researchers have developed a lattice structure capable of absorbing a wide range of vibrations while also being useful as a load-bearing component -- for example, in propellers, rotors and rockets. It can absorb vibrations in the audible range, which are the most undesirable in engineering applications. […]

  • New lightweight shape-shifting alloy shows potential for a variety of applications
    on July 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    A team of researchers has discovered that the Mg-Sc alloy shows shape memory properties. Shape memory alloys (SMAs) show distinctive behaviors such as shape recovery upon heating and have a superelastic effect. They have been used in various industrial fields such as consumer electronics, housing facilities, personal ornaments, anti-seismic engineering and medical equipment. […]

  • Vision through the clouds
    on June 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Poor weather can often make the operation of rescue helicopters a highly risky business, and sometimes even impossible. A new helmet-mounted display may in the future be able to help pilots detect hazards at an early stage, even when their visibility is severely impaired: the information required to do this is created in an on-board computer and imported into digital eye glasses. […]

  • Making airport surface traffic more efficient
    on June 7, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Many major European airports are unable to expand. This means that aircraft departures, arrivals and surface traffic movements will have to be sped up. A new system designed to make surface movements more efficient is being tested in Hamburg, and at Arlanda in Stockholm and Charles de Gaulle in Paris. […]

  • Turbulence physics explains why jet noise is so loud
    on April 26, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    If you've ever experienced the exceptionally powerful and reverberating sounds of a jet during takeoff, you likely won't be surprised that the noise produced by jet engines is ranked among the loudest of human-generated noises. […]